In a battle between two ranked teams in the Statesboro Regional, Notre Dame and Texas Tech both will try to avoid the brink. The Irish can help their cause with the superior pitching in this matchup. Their hitting is pretty good, too, even if their ability to accumulate extra-base hits is average at best. Put those two elements together, and there’s no reason to think they can’t win at least one game in this regional.
The Red Raiders enter the tournament with one of the best offenses in the country. The frequency with which they hit doubles and home runs especially has led to a lot of runs and high slugging and on-base percentages. However, don’t look for them to steal a lot of bases, which takes some of the pressure off opposing pitchers in the stretch. Their pitching better back up the offense in this regional, or they will have a short stay in this tournament.
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